Multi-Institution Leadership Scale


Concepts & Connections Volume 15, Issues 1-3

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Socially Responsible Leadership Scale (SRLS)

Thank you for your interest in using the Socially Responsible Leadership Scale - Revised Version Two, distributed by the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP). Research and assessment in leadership development helps us all to improve our practice for students as we continue to learn which experiences have the most impact on our learning outcomes.

The SRLS-R2 began with a dissertation by Dr. Tracy Tyree, who created a set of statistically reliable and valid scales that would measure the critical values identified in the Social Change Model of Leadership (SCM). Her original scales included 104 question-items and are available for use upon request. A few years later, Cara Appel-Silbaugh and John Dugan used statistical techniques to reduce the number of questions in each scale, while retaining validity and reliability. The result of the work is the 68 item, SRLS-R2.

The SRLS-R2 is a set of statistically valid and reliable scales. Each of the 8 scales is comprised of 6-9 questions in Likert scale format. All scales have been factor analyzed to verify validity and reliability. You may choose to use all of the question items, or any of the scales can be used on its own. For example, you may choose to only use the eight questions from the scale that measures "collaboration." However, we do NOT recommend handpicking questions from the scales at random. A set of random questions from the scale have not been factor analyzed to prove that they measure what they are intended to measure.

As you plan your research or assessment project, you may decide that a random sample of your institution's entire population is the best way to gather the data you need. In this case, the NCLP highly recommends participation in the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL). The MSL is a very cost-effective way of conducting an institution-wide assessment. The data is gathered for you through an internet site and research team that collects responses, sorts the data into a usable format for statistics software, and provides a report of preliminary statistical analysis. Information about participation in the MSL is available at

If you are interested in using the SRLS-R2, please visit If you have questions, please contact NCLP at or at 301.314.NCLP. We wish you the best of luck in your assessment or research project.

Craig Slack
Director, National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs